Steer clear of ‘Cash for Clunkers' scams

(The following information is from the office of N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper.)

Watch out for scams that use the Cash for Clunkers program as bait.  The Car Allowance Rebate System, more commonly known as Cash for Clunkers, is a federal government program that gives people a discount when they trade in an old vehicle for a new, more fuel efficient one. 

Unfortunately, scammers are using Cash for Clunkers to try to take advantage of people.  Reports indicate that scammers are calling and emailing consumers claiming to offer them a voucher or the opportunity to have their name added to an application list for the program.

The scammers also ask for money which they say is needed as a deposit or application fee.  The actual Cash for Clunkers program does not require a deposit or application fee.  Many of these fraudsters are also asking for personal information such as Social Security numbers which could lead to identity theft.

To avoid these scams:

  • Never give your personal information to someone you don't know who calls or emails you.
  • Don't pay any money for a deposit or application fee to participate in Cash for Clunkers.
  • Avoid anyone offering a money order, check, or direct deposit as a Cash for Clunkers rebate.

If you think you've been the victim of a similar scam, please contact Attorney General Roy Cooper's Consumer Protection Division for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at

For official information on the Cash for Clunkers program, visit or call the U.S. Transportation Department at 866-227-7891.

This message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.